Marines Embellished Medal of Honor Story

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At a White House ceremony in September, former Marine corporal Dakota Meyer received America's highest award for valor, the first Medal of Honor for a living Marine since the Vietnam War. He deserved it, but never did all of what President Obama told the audience. The President said that Meyer drove into a savage ambush in Afghanistan against orders, killed insurgents at near point-blank range, leaped from his gun turret to rescue 24 Afghan soldiers and saved the lives of 13 comrades in arms. But Jonathan Landay, a reporter with McClatchy Newspapers, was embedded with Meyer's unit, and says records show it didn't happen that way.




Warren Olney